Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Road Transport Awards For Greenest Companies Tomorrow

Annual LowCVP and WhatCar? Environmental Prizes at Annual Conference
Shipping News Feature

UK - Companies at the forefront of cutting carbon emissions from road transport will be honoured at a new awards ceremony tomorrow (14th July). The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) Annual Conference and Awards Dinner is being held in association with the WhatCar? Green Awards at Twickenham Stadium, West London tonight and tomorrow.

Now in its seventh year, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) Annual Conference 2010 is the UK’s largest independent conference for low carbon transport. This year’s event will see Transport Minister Norman Baker deliver the Government’s first major speech on low carbon transport. There will also be major announcements, from other bodies, on the sustainability of biofuels, trials of hybrid buses in London and a new low carbon road map for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Following a rigorous judging process, a total of 22 companies and organisations have made the awards shortlist and of the seven categories the most interesting to our readership is the Road Freight Award, given to the company or organisation that has most positively influenced the manufacture of low carbon commercial vehicles or operation of a low carbon freight fleet. Regular readers will know that this is a subject dear to our hearts and it will be interesting to see which of the three companies vying for the award will walk off with it, although credit should be given to all.

The shortlist for the Road Freight Award is :

The Commercial Group, regularly credited for their unstinting approach to reducing the carbon footprint of their company by employing new technologies and techniques in their fleet.

Iveco, at the forefront of the development and marketing of reduced emission technologies.

Smith Electric Vehicles for their continued dedication to produce, improve and refine all electric commercial trucks and vans. 

The LowCVP was established in 2003 to take a lead in accelerating the shift to low carbon vehicles and fuels in the UK and to help ensure that UK business can benefit from that shift. It is a newly incorporated partnership of approaching 200 organisations from the automotive and fuel industries, the environmental sector, government, academia, road user groups and other organisations with a stake in the low carbon vehicles and fuels agenda.